Cool Volley Festival in Trinidad & Tobago
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, January 20, 2012 - The Trinidad and
Tobago Volleyball Federation hosted its first FIVB Cool
Volleyball event for children last December.
Cool Volleyball introduces children to the fundamental
principles of volleyball techniques, rules and desirable
behaviors needed to become both an elite volleyball athlete and
a recreational player.
The festival was organized by the Trinidad and Tobago coaches
that participated in the NORCECA Coaching Development Program in
2011. Ms. Sue Gozanski of USA Volleyball attended the event as
both and assessor of the training and a mentor to the coaches.
This training program was funded by the US State Department to
aid in volleyball development in the region. Both, the training
and the festival, along with equipment were provided by the
NORCECA as part of their strategic development plan for the
region’s national federations.
Eighty four children participated in the single day festival and
were presented with volleyball stickers, t-shirts, medals and
certificates that shared child protection information from the
United Nations Rights of a Child.
The TTVF is working towards another event in the first half of
2012, due to the popular feedback from the children and parents
who commended the TTVF an NORCECA for promoting a child friendly
environment though volleyball.
The TTVF and NORCECA took the opportunity to use this festival
to link with celebrations for the London 2012 Olympics, as well
as, to share child protection information directly to children
by collaborating with supporting NGO’s the Trinidad and Tobago
Alliance for Sport and Physical Education and the British
Council that provided public relations (tv, radio & website),
promotional material, volunteers, and training for the
participating coaches in ‘proactive child protection’ and
This collaborative approach to volleyball and social development
is one which the TTVF and the NORCECA Confederation is
advocating for all national federations to adopt for the benefit
of their members and sustainability of the national federations.